COVID 19 Tests UK-SPAIN – Passengers ( Somebody has got a plan ! )

The situation today:

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International Travellers …>  to England will be able to reduce their quarantine period by at least a week if they pay for a Covid test after five days.

The rules will come into force from December, 15th, according to UK Transport secretary, Grant Shapps.

The tests from private firms will cost between pnds 65 and pnds 120, according todays info by BBC.

Mr Shapps said, the rules will be brought in for passengers arriving into England from countries not featured on the UK government’s travel corridor list.

He noted that they will have the option to take a test after five days of self-isolation, with a negative result releasing them from the need to isolate.

“The move will give passengers the confidence to book international trips in the knowledge that they can return home and isolate for a shorter period if they have received a negative test”, notes a department press release.

It states that those opting in to the scheme have to book a pay for a coronavirus, COVID-19 test from a private provider on the GOV.UK.list.

Mr Shapps said: “We have a plan in place to ensure that our route iut of this pandemic is careful and balanced, allowing us to focus on what we can now do to bolster international travel while keeping the public safe.

“Our new testing strategy will allow us to travel more freely, see loved ones and drive international business.

“By giving people the choice to test on day five, we are also supporting the travel industry as it continues to rebuild out of the pandemic”.

The department press release states that the UK government has considered the evidence which demonstrates that a test after five days of self-isolation provides materially better results that just having a test on arrival, as it allows time for the virus, should it be present, to incubate, helping reduce the risk of a false negative result.

Health secretary Matt Hancock said: “This test on day five of the 14 day self isolation period will identify positive coronavirus cases and allow those who test negative to return to work and see their loved ones while abiding by domestic coronavirus restrictions.

This will be done at the cost of the traveller to protect the capacity of NHS Test and Trace and ensure that any UK resident who has symptoms is able to get a test.”

He added: ” If they choose to book a test, they will need to state this on their passenger locator form prior to arriving and then go straight into self-isolation at home as usual.

“If they choose to opt in after arrival, they will need to resubmit their passenger locator form.

“They can take a test on or after day five of the isolation period either at home or at a private provider’s testing site, and on receipt of a negative result, can immediately finish self-isolating and return to following domestic rules.

“Those choosing not to take a test when arriving from a non-exempt country must continue to follow the current self-isolation requirements ( 2 weeks ! )”

The travel industry welcomed the policy but described it as “long overdue”

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Spain is now asking passengers entering the country via airports and ports from so-called “risk countries) for a negative  PCR Covid-19 test.

The test has to be carried out up to 72 hours before they arrive in Spain.

The list includes almost all countries in Europe including the United Kingdom.

They can either present the test in paper from – in English or Spanish – or uploaded via the webpage:  www.spth.gob.es  or the government’s travel app SPAIN TRAVEL HEALTH-SpTH. If the traveller does not have a negative PCR test they could face a fine and will have to undergo a test in the airport or port. If the test is positive they they will be “denied access to Spain”.

EFE noted that all passengers eill still have temperature test in airports, which may extend to a “visual check” or evaluation of their state of health. If they show symptoms of Covid-19 they they will have to take a “rapid test” to check and they are virus free.

Spain will update their list of “risk” countries every two weeks.

The government noted that the results will be published on their websites:

www.mscbs.gob.es…………… and
www.spth.gob.es

All the criteria for entry into Spain is outlined in the official state bulletin (BOE) which can be consulted at:

www.boe.es/diario_boe/txt.php?id=BOE-A-2020-14049

At no point does the BOE refer to travellers who cross the border onto Spain by road

 

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